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  Lincs Double FITA Star 2014      
Louis Perkins, a Year 7 student at JSTC, came first in the Junior Gents Recurve section of the East Midlands Archery Society competition on 28th and 29th June 2014. Not only that, he beat his personal best, TWICE!
The competition was held at the Washingborough Playing Fields and hosted by Lincoln Archers and was a World Record Status Tournament. Louis previous score when shooting a Metric 3 (50m, 40m, 30m and 20m) was 1064. He scored 1129 on Saturday and 1179 on Sunday. On Sunday, Louis shot as part of the Lincolnshire Junior County Archery Team and they won against Nottinghamshire.
Louis is now looking forward to the National Junior Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall National Sports Centre to be held on the 5th/6th July.
Louis is a member of The Louth and District (Disabled) Archery Club, and while competitions and events are keeping him extremely busy, he acknowledges their contribution to his current success and is forever grateful to them!
If you're interested in the sport and would like to see what The Louth and District (Disabled) Archery Club can offer then contact them directly on Louth (01507) 600319 or visit their Lincolnshire Sport website page <click here>.
  Louis Perkins      
Louis Perkins (age 12) from Hagworthingham, Lincolnshire won bronze medal in the Archery GB Talent Festival 2014, held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre from 18th to 22nd August.
  Louis Perkins - Archery GB Talent Festival 2014      
The Talent League offered talented archers form across Great Britain the opportunity to compete with and against athletes in Archery GB's Talent Pathway. The format of the festival replicated an international competition whereby each archer shot a 72 arrow round, followed by head to head round robins and then knock out competitions before reaching the finals.
On the first day, Louis was placed joint 6th after shooting a 720 competition and moved up to 5th on the second day after the first set of head to head round robins. By the end of the 3rd day he was 4th which was more than enough to qualify for the quarter final knock out round which he won.
Moving on to the semi-finals, he lost his match to the archer who ultimately took silver medal but this meant he was through to the bronze medal finals on the Friday.
The medal rounds on the final day were very tense and exciting as they were held on Archery GB's astroturf shooting range. The atmosphere felt even more electric as the athletes warmed up alongside Olympic archers. Louis said, "As I was setting up my bow, I just looked up and saw Amy Oliver begin her practice routine; it felt so amazing to be alongside her. Her grouping at 70m was the size of my fist!"
The medal matches soon began and each pair of archers walked out to cheers from the parents, families and friends who had come to support. Louis said, "I was so happy to see some of the other competitors who I had shot against during the week come back to support me. I've made some good friends."
Louis won the bronze medal match 6-0 and the first thing he did was to ring his coach, Barry Molsom to tell him how he'd done. He then took to the podium in the awards ceremony to receive his medal from Ceri Ann Davis, Archery GB's Performance Pathway manager. Louis said, 'It was a fantastic week and has helped me understand how international competitions are organised. I really hope I can take part in many more competitions like this soon."
Vehicle of the Future Technology Challenge (second stage)
  Vehicle of the Future Technology Challenge      
On Wednesday 4th June 36 pupils from Mablethorpe and Partney primary schools visited JSTC to complete the second staging of the “Vehicle of the Future Technology Challenge”. The pupils greatly enjoyed the day and took away their completed models to show their families and friends.
The JSTC Student Council gave awards for excellent team work and pupils also received awards for the precision of their models and design creativity. Our visitors enjoyed a lovely lunch provided once again by Mrs Armstrong in the newly refurbished area of the school canteen.
  Vehicle of the Future - JSTC Technology Challenge Images      
JSTC Newspaper Days 2014
JSTC have recently hosted 2 newspaper days, with the help of the team at Lincoln University School of Journalism. At the end of March 5 local primaries were invited to join some of our Y8 More Able and Talented students to produce a fabulous joint newspaper, named High Five! Each school received 300 copies and we were really impressed by the enthusiasm and quality of stories that came from our feeder primary schools; Mablethorpe Academy, Alford Primary, Sutton-On-Sea Primary, Huttoft Primary and Chapel St Leonards Primary.
The second day was hosted at the beginning of May, this time giving our More Able and Talented Express Stream Y7 students the chance to produce their very own school Newspaper. They learned how to interview, edit and photograph for articles and after a very close vote, Zak Rowan was voted to have his story on the front page. Well done! All students were impeccably behaved and it was a great way for students to work together on a creative project. We look forward to handing out the finished product!
Just before the Easter holidays, our Y10 Baccalaureate students had the opportunity to visit Lincoln University for an Aspiration Day. Students took part in lectures from Student Ambassadors, took a campus tour of the facilities at Lincoln Uni, and also spent some time in the Sports Area of campus. Here students could see the equipment used for physical and physiological experiments and trials. All students thoroughly enjoyed the day and a lot of the feedback suggested students who were unsure about their future, now feel that University would be a great experience for them. It’s great to see so many aspirations coming from our co hort.
Vehicle of the Future Technology Challenge (first stage)
  Vehicle of the Future - JSTC Technology Challenge      

On Wednesday 23rd April over 80 pupils from local primary schools including Alford, Huttoft, Withern and Sutton-on-Sea visited JSTC to complete the “Vehicle of the Future Technology Challenge”. The challenge was to build hovering futuristic scale model vehicles and then individualise them with graphic designs.

The visiting pupils completed their models to a very high standard and certificates were awarded for quality and design. Huttoft were awarded the certificate for best teamwork by the JSTC Student Council. We look forward to staging the second round for further schools to take part in the challenge in the near future. A big thank you to Mrs Armstrong, our canteen manager, for providing wonderful lunches for our visitors and to the JSTC Student Council for helping once again.
  Vehicle of the Future - JSTC Technology Challenge Images      
The Poetry Games Competition 2014 – CONGRATUALTIONS!
  The Poetry Games Competition 2014      
JSTC students proved that the pen truly is ‘mightier than the sword’ when they took part in the recent nationwide Poetry Games competition.
We are proud to say that an overwhelming number of students have had their poems accepted for publication and the resulting collection will be available in libraries across the region. This is a fantastic achievement so all students who took part in the competition should be congratulated for their efforts. The creativity at work within the students when they were generating ideas for their poems was tangible and was demonstrated in the resulting poems, all of which evoked various powerful/profound responses in the reader; especially those that explored issues in society today such as internet safety and cyber bullying.
Those poems selected for publication will now be entered into the finals, giving students the chance to win an iPad and £1000 for the school, amongst other prizes. Well done everyone!
Sports Relief 2014 - Student Council Event
  Sports Relief 2014 - Student Council Event      
On Friday 21st March the JSTC Student Council ran a series of activities to raise money for this year’s Sport Relief. This included the sale of World Cup Team wrist bands, a cake stall and pupils were also allowed to replace or add one item of sporting clothing to their uniform.
The event was a great success and helped raise over £400 for Sport Relief. A big thank you to Miss Taylor, our Textiles Technology teacher, for overseeing the manufacture of the wrist bands, and to the JSTC Student Council for their continued commitment and hard work.
  Sports Relief 2014 - Gallery      
Sports Relief 2014 - Charity Netball Match
  Charity Netball Match for Sports Relief      
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st March the PE department ran a variety of events raising money towards sport relief. Thursday lunchtime saw a staff and students mixed netball match on the very windy astro turf. A great game was had by all with the blue team leading at half time, until the red team came back to win 10 – 6. Thank you to all staff and students who support and got involved.
Friday lunchtime was host to a variety of activities, in the main hall students were skipping, on the field you could run a mile, beat the keeper in a penalty shoot-out or a challenging competition of rugby ball kicking, aiming to achieve the highest distance away from the post.
There were prizes for the winners; the penalty shoot-out was won by Archie Paul (Year 11). The Rugby competition was won by Year 7 Patrick Jackson, Year 8 Scott Chatterton, Year 10 Tom Harvey and Year 11 Archie Paul. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated towards such a great cause, raising over £90.00.
  Sports Relief - gallery      
Rotary Beats the Drum for John Spendluffe Technical College
A while ago the Rotary Club of Alford & Mablethorpe donated £2000 to JSTC to fund the provision of Samba band instruments to add to their extensive music teaching provision.
Many students have now become skilled and several public performances have been enjoyed, and so, on Thursday 13th March members of the Rotary Club were invited to sit through the first lesson undertaken by young students and all were impressed with the speed with which the youngsters took to the new and occasionally unusual instruments and an opportunity was taken to add Rotary Support logos to all eighteen drums used by the band. Some of the visitors may well now need treatment in the hearing department...
Rotary President The Revered Canon Chris Lilley said "This has been a great project for the club to become involved in, particularly as this equipment will continue to be used year after year"
AstroTurf - Launch Event - March 19th 2014
  AstroTurf - Launch Event 2014      
To celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the newly constructed AstroTurf multi-use games area at John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford, we held a Launch Event on Wednesday 19th March 2014.
The event involved JSTC students showcasing the many activies that the purpose-built, floodlit pitch was designed for. Constructed at a cost of £135,000, John Spendluffe Technology College are delighted to be able to offer the use of this excellent new facility to sports teams and clubs within Alford and the surrounding area from March 2014 onwards.
JSTC have enlisted the services of Alford Sports Hall Association to oversee the day to day management of bookings for the Astroturf and so if would like further information on hiring the Multi-Use Games Area then please either email or call 01507 463867 and we can arrange to forward this information to you.
  Alford Sports Hall Association:      
AstroTurf - Launch Event   AstroTurf - Launch Event
AstroTurf - Launch Event   AstroTurf - Launch Event
AstroTurf - Launch Event
Pancake Day - March 4th 2014
  Pancake Day - Inter-House Challenge      

To celebrate Pancake Day this year Ms Kirk (Food Technology Teacher) organised a fundraising event for the Ryan Smith Foundation. Members of the JSTC Student Council took part in an inter-House pancake challenge to make and sell as many pancakes as possible in an allocated time. Under the watchful supervision and guidance of Ms Kirk, over 160 pancakes were sold during break time and lunch time, and in total £100 was raised for the Foundation.

The event was featured numerous times on Lincs FM which certainly helped raise awareness and interest both inside and outside of school.
  Well done to all those involved for creating a very successful and fun event.      
Pancake Day - taste testing!?   Pancake Day - another satisfied customer!
Pancake Day - selling like hot... well, pancakes!   Pancake Day - every penny counts!
Pancake Day - The Team
Boombox - Technology Challenge 2014
  Boombox Technology Challenge 2014      
On Wednesday 12th Feb 105 pupils from Willoughby, Sutton-on-Sea, Mablethorpe, Withern, Huttoft and Alford Primary Schools attended JSTC to take part in the BOOMBOX Technology Challenge.
Each pupil was tasked with assembling, testing and modifying a mobile phone speaker amplifier unit. Pupils attending worked extremely hard to complete the tasks within the time allocated and were excited to take home their completed BOOMBOX. Well done to all pupils and a big thank you to the JSTC Student Council for helping to make the day a great experience. This time Willoughby won best designs and Huttoft won best team work.
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
Boombox Technology Challenge 2014   Boombox Technology Challenge 2014
Lincolnshire Youth Cabinet - Election Success
Lilly Garbutt
Following a highly competitive campaign from schools in our region Lilly Gurbutt, a year 9 pupils of JSTC, has won the election and become the Member of Youth Parliament for our area.

This will allow her to attend big national events like the House of Commons debates. The key points of Lilly’s manifesto focused on services for young people, financial independence and the negative media stereotypes of young people. Lilly is thrilled to have been elected and will meet regularly with our Student Council to discuss up and coming debates.

Congratulations to Lilly for her hard work and commitment, we look forward to seeing her progress within the Youth Parliament.

French Christmas Trip 2013
  French Christmas Trip 2013      
As a perfectly festive end to the Winter term, almost 50 JSTC students travelled down to Paris for a magical weekend.
On Friday, we climbed the Eiffel Tower, walked down the Christmas markets on the Champs Elysée and took a town trail round Montmartre, finishing at the Sacre Coeur. Saturday consisted of a full day in Disneyland Paris, watching the Christmas parades, trying out rollercoasters and making fantastic memories!
During the evenings students tried snails, made crepes, played sports and relaxed after their 5 course Christmas dinner. The 4 day trip was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff alike!
  As usual, our students were impeccably behaved and did JSTC proud.      
Leicester Tigers take on Montpellier at Welford Road
  Leicester Tigers took on the French side Montpellier at Welford Road      
60 students from JSTC  enjoyed an epic Heineken Cup encounter on Sunday as Leicester Tigers took on the French side Montpellier at Welford Road.  The students, who went on the trip organised by the PE dept also had the honour of forming the guard of honour as the players ran out and being the giant shirt shakers on the middle of the pitch. 
This corresponded with a poignant moment as we are stood for a minutes silence to honour Nelson Mandela.  All students from year 7 to 11 had a wonderful experience and looked very smart in their Tigers shirts.  The game itself was a classic with Tigers coming out as 41-32 winners.  Well done to all JSTC students who had the experience of a lifetime!
Tigers v Montpellier 2013   Tigers v Montpellier 2013
Tigers v Montpellier 2013
Winter Fayre raise money for good causes
  Winter Fayre - 2013      
On Thursday 12th December JSTC tutor groups held stalls for our Winter Fayre. There were 24 stalls in total with a wide range of fantastic activities, each themed on a different country. The event was a great success and has helped to raise over £250 for the Student Council.
A huge thank you to students and staff for helping to create a memorable event in the build up to Christmas. Mrs Garrard’s Belgium hot chocolate tutor stall collected the most money and Mrs Bromley’s tutor group was voted to have held the best activity with their Lapland Santa’s Christmas Wipe-out.
Cakes   Candy Floss
Santa Jump   Santa Jump
Chocolate Fountain   Young Enterprise
‘Spendluffe does Strictly’ in Primary Dance Festivals
  Primary Dance Festivals      
John Spendluffe Technology College have hosted and delivered three successful Dance Festivals this term, organised by PE Teacher Mrs Bromley, for Year 3 & 4 students from the local primary schools.
The theme for the Festivals has been ‘Spendluffe does Strictly’ which is a mixture of Charleston, Salsa and Jive themed dances. Once the students had learnt the routine they then added their own moves into the dance. The primary students were assisted throughout the days by the JSTC student leaders who helped them practice and then perform their routines.
At the end of the day all the students put on performances for each other which they all really enjoyed. The primary schools that attended were Alford Primary, Chapel St Leonards, St Helena’s Willoughby, Huttoft Primary, Mablethorpe Academy, Spilsby Primary and Seathorne Primary school.
Primary Dance Festivals 2013   Primary Dance Festivals 2013
Primary Dance Festivals 2013   Primary Dance Festivals 2013
Coastal and Wolds Cross Country Championships
  Cross Country Run 2013      
December 6th saw the annual district cross country championships held at Hubbard’s Hills in Louth. Despite the cold weather, JSTC had good representation in all age groups and had a number of students hoping for a top 20 finish and qualification to represent the Coastal and Wolds district at the county cross country championships in the new year.
In the Year 7 boys competition, Liam Treacy qualified for the next round, finishing in 7th position overall in a strong field of over 100 competitors. In the Year 7 girls competition, JSTC had two qualifiers, Ella-Mae Hawse (4th position) and Alisha Marshall (20th position), again from a large field of over 100 athletes.
The junior (Years 8 and 9) competition saw some fierce battles in both the boys and girls races. From the boys team, Liam Hawse qualified for the county round, finishing in 8th position, whilst in the girls competition Mollymae Crashley also qualified, finishing in 9th place.
Whilst there were no individual qualifiers from the intermediate (Years 10 and 11) teams, there were a number of strong performances in two very competitive fields.
Big congratulations to all students involved.
Exam Results 2013
  Exam Results 2013      
"There has been a tradition of academic success at John Spendluffe and we were expecting some excellent results this summer.  There was delight at the school as results surpassed expectations, especially against the background of increased rigour in examinations nationally. Once again the school has achieved a record breaking set of results, which are easily the best results in the history of the school in all key areas. Notably, at least 56% of students achieved 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. These excellent achievements are the result of the hard work and commitment of the students and dedicated staff and the continued support from parents.
In all key measures these are fantastic results and there were huge successes in individual subjects.  We are particularly proud of the fact that around three quarters of our students made 3 levels of progress in Mathematics and achieved a C grade or above, comfortably above the national average. Along with Mathematics, our English results too were the best in the history of the school and subjects ranging from Technology to the Arts performed highly.  This reflects the importance we attach to depth and breadth in our curriculum.
Overall, 100% of students achieved recognised GCSE qualifications. Students at the school take quality vocational courses where appropriate but we are proud that the basis of our results is achieved in rigorous GCSE subjects, with many of our students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics simply through GCSEs. Behind these excellent overall figures there were numerous individual outstanding achievements, far too many to list them all but including:

  • Grace Gurbutt (10 A* or A grades amongst 13 passes at C or above)
  • Eternity Anderson (15 passes at C or above, including 4 at A or A*)
  • Julian Adams (14 passes at C or above, including 5 at A or A*)
  • Caitlin Thompson (14 passes at C or above, including 5 at A or A*)
  We wish to congratulate all of our students on their success.”      
All of our students left us last summer with qualifications. It is, however, easy to claim high pass rates. Results matter and there is an excellent track record of success at John Spendluffe. But what also matters is the quality and rigour of courses the students are studying, how well they are taught and their chances of leaving the college to go on to further success.
There has been much in the national news about changes to qualifications nationally and in February Performance Tables for schools following the summer exams were released. The Performance Tables reflect that our latest results were the best in the history of the college. We have had a consistent track record of success over the past few years and, from an excellent base, continue to improve. The considerable success enjoyed by our students is a mark of their hard work!
A key part of our success is that we have a personalised curriculum at the college, with students studying a range of courses appropriate to them. Where it meets student’s needs this involves vocational and applied courses and we do have a track record of success in some excellent courses. However, looking at the Performance Tables, we are particularly proud that the basis of our results is achieved in rigorous GCSE subjects, with many of our students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics simply through GCSE’s. In the light of planned government changes we know that this is regarded as key to a schools success. In total around 20 GCSE subjects and 7 key vocational areas are studied by groups of students at John Spendluffe. We do look to provide the courses that are right for our students and will help them to go on to further success in the future.
Future Chef Competition 2013
  Future Chef Competition - 2013      
  It's that time of year again!      
The preliminary round of the annual Future Chef competition took place on Friday 27th September for JSTC students. Taking part were Jessica Adams, Paige Carney, Ewan Fiest, Lilly Gurbutt, Ruby McLennan, Ben Moore and Abigail Stretton.
  The dishes on offer were:      
  • Jessica - Chicken, tray baked with white wine
  • Paige  - Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Ewan - Tagliatelle with courgettes, tomatoes and chilli
  • Lilly - Bass with lemon and parsley
  • Ruby - Pork medallions with madeira sauce and sweet potato and mashed potato tower
  • Ben - Chicken with a BBQ sauce and herby potatoes
  • Jenna - Chicken and bacon served with rice and mushroom sauce
  • Abigail - Homemade fish cakes with salad
As ever, the standard was very high with some delicious dishes being served. The judges, Mr Beverley (Headteacher), Mrs Shorrock (Deputy Head), Mr Milson (Chair), Mrs Brockett (Vice Chair) and Mrs Riches (Learning Support and Additional Needs Manager) unanimously agreed that the food presented was excellent.
  The student chosen as winner (and it was a difficult choice) was Ben Moore for his superb Chicken and BBQ Sauce and Herby Potatoes. Well done Ben!      
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
Furture Chef Competition - 2013   Furture Chef Competition - 2013
JSTC students win the Newspaper of the Year Award 2013
  Newspaper Day 2013      

We are pleased to announce that our annual newspaper, the Spendluffe Standard has once again won Newspaper of the Year in the Lincoln University School of Journalism Virtual Awards. The newspaper, this year compiled by students from our express stream class, also claimed another winner in Kira Roberts who came runner up for Young Journalist of the Year. Well done Kira!

  Spendluffe Standard 2013      
The judges were impressed with the attitude and aptitude of the students, and as a school we feel it gives students the opportunity to experience busy working conditions and the need to meet deadlines in a real-world environment. We hope to continue the project for many years to come.
  Download the Spendluffe Standard (PDF) >>      
John Spendluffe Technology College are pleased to announce the Prefects for 2013/14
  Head Boy and Head Girl - 2013/14      
The Year 11 students took part in a rigorous application and interview process before being shortlisted for the important role.
Amongst the successful students pictured with the Headteacher Steve Beverley are new Head Boy Archie Paul, Head Girl Laura Sanderson, Deputy Head boy Dominic Bates, and Deputy Head Girl Genevieve Miller.  All of the prefects perform duties throughout the school which include organisation of charity events, parental show rounds, student mentoring to name but a few along with ambassadorial duties outside of the college.  We wish them all success for the following year.
London Marathon Success for Mrs Collingwood
  London Marathon - Mrs Collingwood      
Our warmest congratulations go to Mrs Sharon Collingwood (Finance Office) whom has recently taken part in and completed the 2013 London Marathon - achieving an extremely respectable time of 4 hours and 33 minutes.
Sharon's involvement in the London Marathon was one of chance as much as choice, thanks to her husband, Mark. Mark had decided to enter the 2013 Marathon some time ago, and simply enquired as to whether Sharon would like to enter also ... being the type who enjoys a challenge, she said, "Yes!"  
Places were extremely limited as they were applying directly through the Virgin London Marathon website and, in truth, she didn't think she'd get in. As it turned out, Sharon secured a place, while husband, Mark didn't.
Having only ever run a 6 mile distance in the past (which is still pretty respectable) Sharon then followed a strict four month training plan to ready herself for the forthcoming event. Being of a determined nature, Sharon undertook four runs a week, and threw herself whole-heartedly in to the preparation, which finally paid off on the 21st April as she jubilantly crossed the Finish Line in just over 4 and half hours.
Mrs Collingwood - The marathon begins...   Mrs Collingwood - The Run Begins...
Sharon as the marathon begins. With 26 miles to go and 36,000 runners in total...
13 miles in, the midway point. Sharon settles in to her pace.
With only meters to go, the Finish Line is in sight...

Relief, pride and achievement as Sharon crosses the Finish Line.

Faraday Challenge
  Faraday Challenge - Winners      
On the 24th April John Spendluffe Technology College hosted a STEM Project called the Faraday Challenge. This involved 36 students from Y8 who are recognised as very able in Science, Maths and/or Technology. The students spent the day making a prototype and a code to send a message from one area of the hall to another. As well as putting together circuits and vessels, students worked hard on their teamwork and literacy skills. Both Keira Sewell, the host and our governor Margaret Bauer commented on how well the students had tackled the project and represented the college.
The winning team with 93/105 points were Olly Hunt, Kian Hardiman, Wilfred Foster, Harry Dale, Zak Turner and Chris Lake who received a trophy and Amazon vouchers. Well done!
Max Respect Winners
  Max Respect Winners      
In a recent competition run by Lincolnshire County Council to promote safety on school busses where the criteria was, “Design a poster to promote Max Respect & see it published in promotional leaflets. Winning entries will be used to promote Max Respect & school transport throughout the 2013/14 school year”.
Two year 7 students Tilly Wardenier and Lauren Hewson, from John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford won prizes in this competition after it was integrated in to their ICT lessons to develop skills on the computer allowing the students to combine different software while enhancing their ICT skills; Both students were invited to receive their prize at the Council Chamber, County Offices in Lincoln on 20th March 2013.
Max Respect Posters
The students’ work will now be incorporated into Lincolnshire County Council school safety materials across the County for the 2013/14 academic year.
Comic Relief - JSTC Bake-Off
  JSTC Bake Off - Poster      
  JSTC held a staff Bake-off to raise money for .      
  The guidelines for cake entries were that all cakes must be based on a 3-egg Victoria Sponge Mix, with 3 seperate categories:      
  • A Traditional Victoria Sandwich– filled with butter cream and jam.
  • A Victoria Sandwich– filled and decorated the most comically appropriate for Comic Relief.
  • A Victoria Sandwich– made into the most creative shape and decorated.
  The competition was judged by Rev. Ros Latham, Mrs Fairburn – Rolling Scones WI, Mrs Shorrock, Mrs Forman and Ms Kirk.      
  Judges were extremely impressed with all the enteries and the cakes were then sliced up and sold to raise more money for comic Relief      
  Winning cakes were:
V Myers - Traditional   K Paice - Comical
L Powrie - Creative  
  1. Miss Myers – Traditional
  2. Mrs Paice – Jelly Bear Creation
  3. Mrs L Hernon – Woman Baked Bean Bath
  Well done to all – great effort, great cause.      
  Cake Collage      
Opening Minds Homework projects
  Opening Minds Homework Project      
I am delighted with the response from students towards the new themed homework projects in Y7 Opening Minds. These projects are designed to encourage students to use a wide range of independent learning and thinking skills. Which range from creativity to reflection, investigation, and communication skills.
Opening Minds Homework Project   Opening Minds Homework Project
This is the second project of the year and was entitled ‘My Place’. Some students from Mrs Horan class have depicted the title in the following ways. Sinead chose to design and produce a game based on monopoly which took her over 40 hrs to make whilst Scott’s futuristic home, made from a warning cone, may make people think about the problems associated with using too many natural resources in the future. Kira chose to make ‘her place’ a bedroom festooned with musical symbols reflecting her love of music. Well done to you all.
  Miss Myers and all the Opening Minds teachers.      
Future Chef Local Finals 2013 - JSTC student serves up a treat
  Future Chef Judges      
  Judges – Jayne Stafford, Paul Bray (Jamie’s Italian) and Daniel Bustea (Marriot Hotel, Peterborough)      
JSTC this year entered for the third year running a national cooking competition organised by Springboard whose chairman is celebrity Chef Brian Turner.
Year 9 student Jessica Jackson won the school heat in September 2012, and went on to cook at the Local Finals held in Stamford on January 26th 2013. She competed against four other schools. Judging this year was extremely difficult due to the very high standard of dishes presented. Judging was indeed very close between the top 3 students which included Jessica with the winner being last year’s National Final competitor – Hayley. However, Jessica was highly complemented by all the judges on her Chocolate Fondant dish, and Chef Daniel Bustea referred to the dish as being ‘sublime’ and one of the ‘finest fondant’s he has ever tasted’
It was a great opportunity for her to experience working in a professional kitchen and to receive feedback from the selected group of professional chefs, and also one of the very few who have taken part and been offered a job by Daniel Bustea Executive Chef – Marriot Hotel Peterborough.
Future Chef - Jessica Jackson   Future Chef - Jessica Jackson
Future Chef - Jessica Jackson   Future Chef - Jessica Jackson
Future Chef - Jessica Jackson   Future Chef - Jessica Jackson
  Well done Jessica you were a credit to the school.      
French Christmas Market - 2012
  French Christmas Market 2012      

A group of students from all year groups had a very Happy Christmas during their visit to the Christmas Markets at the end of the Autumn term. As well as visiting the Christmas markets, many students enjoyed a turn on the big wheel and ate a range of French treats! Together with their 5 course Christmas dinner, a crepe making session and a wonderful shopping experience in Cité Europe, students (and staff!) were well and truly full of culture and treats!

French Christmas Market 2012   French Christmas Market 2012
French Christmas Market 2012   French Christmas Market 2012
  Students represented the school impeccably and we hope to run further trips within the coming year.      
Equestrian Success for JSTC
  Equestrian Success      
Young riders from JSTC’s fledgling equestrian team are celebrating success after a strong performance at a regional show jumping competition.
Laura Sanderson (14), Emily Sanderson (13) and Jemma Smith (13), of John Spendluffe Technology College (JSTC), headed to Bishop Burton Agricultural College in East Yorkshire to compete in the National Schools Equestrian Association event.
Taking their places in a field of 42 riders from across Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire, Emily and Laura jumped fast, clear rounds in the 90cm class to finish third and sixth respectively.
Those results, together with a good ride from Jemma, resulted in the JSTC pupils earning third place overall in the team competition.
When the fences were raised to one metre, Emily and Laura jumped clear rounds, with Jemma recording the team’s fastest time despite just failing to go clear.
And although none of the riders secured individual rosettes, the trio’s performance was good enough to ensure JSTC won the team competition.
Robert Thornalley, Head of Physical Education, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for the girls and we are very proud of their success.
“I hope that this will encourage even more students to join our Equestrian Team and we look forward to even greater success in the future.”
Clothes Show Live - 2012
  Clothes Show Live - 2012      
The Clothes Show Live event is fast becoming a ‘must’ for all textiles students, as the inspiration gained at seeing the top fashion houses, as well as up-and-coming designers is proving invaluable.
According to Miss Taylor (textiles teacher) the students left the event full of new ideas and enthusiasm, and all were extremely impressed by the techniques they’d seen demonstrated. Of particular interest were the number of outfits employing recycled materials (fabric, plastic, even paper) which were then transformed into spectacular garments (see images below).
Clothes Show Live 2012   Clothes Show Live 2012
Clothes Show Live 2012   Clothes Show Live 2012
Clothes Show Live 2012   Clothes Show Live 2012
Clothes Show Live 2012   Clothes Show Live 2012
Clothes Show Live 2012   Clothes Show Live 2012
And if all that were not enough, another - unexpected - highlight for students was seeing JLS live on stage. The girls, and the teachers, had a fantastic day, and to quote one student, “I can’t believe all this, it's out of this world!"
Children in Need - 2012
  Children in Need - Coin Picture      
On Friday 16 November our Student Council hosted a range of activities to help raise funds for Children in Need.  This included a Bake sale, Charity rugby match, Y10s vs Y11s (and the Year 10’s were victorious), wearing something yellow as well as your uniform for 50p and finally donations of 1p & 2p’s to make a picture of a giant Pudsey head using small change.
  (Blur added for effect)      
  A grand total of £242.50 was raised.      
Resounding Success for JSTC Rugby Squad
  JSTC Rugby Squad      
On Tues 13 November the U15 JSTC Rugby team travelled to Market Rasen and visited De Aston to play a 15 a side game under the floodlights.
The team were buoyant after their recent victory over Skegness Grammar, and started the game strongly. JSTC were dominant in both forwards and backs and quickly settled into great attacking play.
JSTC moved into an early lead, and were able to sustain their effort and fitness levels to withstand later pressure from the De Aston boys.
  Final score line 29-7.      
Jack Etches - Hits the BIG time
  Jack Etches      
JSTC student, Jack Etches is delighted with the result of his first ever WKC World Open Championship in Montreal, Canada. Jack won a full complement of gold, silver and bronze medals during five days of frantically fought competitions at the championship. Jack defeated competitors from across the globe in individual and team competitions which ran between the 3rd and 7th of October 2012.
Jack was first introduced to kick-boxing by a friend four years ago and developed an instant passion for the sport. He trains with coaches and sparring partners at clubs in Skegness, Louth and Horncastle and travels to Corby once a fortnight for a session with the English team.
Jack thanked his family for all their help towards achieving his recent success. Jack’s father Steve Etches, travelled to Canada with his son and was delighted to see all his son’s hard work pay off. He said: “All the family are so proud of him, we couldn’t ask for anything better. People don’t see all the difficult stuff that goes on, he has worked extremely hard and he never gives up, he just keeps on going.”
Jack Etches - Certificate   Jack Etches
Jack Etches   Jack Etches
Military Wives Performance
  Military Wives - Embassy Performance      
  Students waiting in their dressing room back stage      
Students from Year 7 through to Year 11 gave a fantastic performance in the Military Wives concert at The Skegness Embassy on Saturday the 13th of October. Led by Music teacher Miss Raynor and supported by Mr O'Farrell, the group performed a vibrant piece, including various solo sections, with enthusiasm and professionalism. All of the group should be proud of their achievements; they were a real credit to both John Spendluffe and themselves! Well done to all who took part!
Hospitality Industry Training for Year 10 and 11 students
  HIT Training - 2012      
September saw Chefs Jayne Stafford, Jill Easton, Kevin Goodger and 19 year old Nichola Fletcher (an apprentice who completed her qualifications with JSTC) undertake two days of Hospitality Industry Training with Year 10 and 11 students.
On day one, Year 11 students were given a demonstration of filleting and cooking the fish by Jayne and Nichola, while on day two, Year 10 students, under the supervision of Jill and Kevin, cooked mouth-watering mussels.
HIT Training - 2012   HIT Training - 2012
HIT Training - 2012   HIT Training - 2012
Rugby Selection - 2012
  Rugby Selection      
  Pictured: Bradley Briggs, Luke Timms, Joeseph Preston, Joe Green, Jamie Thomas      
These students attended the Lincolnshire County Under 15 rugby trials at Sleaford Rugby club recently. They will find out shortly if they have been selected. The boys said the trials were tough but they felt that they played well enough to have a chance of selection.
Future Chef Competition - 2012/2013
  Future Chef - 2012      
For the 3rd year running the school heat of Future Chef Cooking Competition took place on Friday 14th September at JSTC.
  Judges were:
  • Steve Beverley
  • Joyce Shorrock
  • Robert Thornalley
  • Linda Brockett (Govenor)
  • Marion Riches
  • Sandy Kirk, and
  • John Marshall the Lincs FM presenter.
  Students taking part and the dish they cooked were:      
  • Abigail Stretton - Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Katie Barker – Spicy Prawns with Noodles
  • Page Baker – Lemon Chicken with Peppers Stuffed with Cheese
  • Ruby McClennan – Risotto with White wine and Spinach
  • Jesssica Jackson – Spicy Chicken with Home made Tortillas
  • James Frame – Pork Loin with Pear and Stilton
  • Luke Foster – Vegetable Chilli
It was a tremendous success with all students producing excellent, tasty dishes which thoroughly impressed the judges.
Choosing a winner was very difficult, as all dishes were to a very high standard. However, the student who was chosen to go through to the next round in Stamford was Jessica Jackson. Congratulations to Jessica and good luck for the next round.
John Marshall, Lincs FM presenter, tucked into all the dishes and was truly impressed with the food on offer. After the judging was complete John was presented with a food hamper of local produce purchased from Pitchers – the local fruit and vegetable store in Alford.
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Future Chef - 2012   Future Chef - 2012
Summer School - Technology Project
  Summer School - 2012      
  During the summer holidays a group of Year 6 students spent two days in the Technology Department at JSTC designing and making electric vehicles.  Once complete, the vehicles were then raced against each other in the Main Halll and prizes were awarded to the winners for speed, style and creativity.      
Summer School - Technology Project   Summer School - Technology Project
Summer School - Technology Project   Summer School - Technology Project
Summer School - Technology Project   Summer School - Technology Project
Summer School - Technology Project   Summer School - Technology Project
Summer School - Technology Project   Summer School - Technology Project
Year 11 - Yorkshire Bank visit
  Yorkshire Bank - Year 11 visit      

As part of their Citizenship project on Managing Your Money the Year 11 Applied Pathway students at JSTC visited the Yorkshire Bank branch in Alford on Tuesday morning (11th September) accompanied by their teachers Mrs Gibney and Mrs Cragg. The students found out information about savings accounts and are grateful to Stephanie and Jenny (pictured with the students) for helping with their research.

Paralympics 2012
  Paralympics 2012      
“This really was the trip of a lifetime.” A quote from one of the 19 students who spent an amazing three days soaking up the atmosphere, spectacle and drama that was the London Paralympic Games.
John Spendluffe students started their trip with a sightseeing tour around the capital, taking in the South Bank, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Green Park. The atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation of the sport to come
Sunday opened with a fantastic morning of track and field in the iconic Athletics Stadium. Early GB success saw Stef Reid gaining silver in the F44 Long Jump Our cheers and encouragement were rewarded later with a GB Gold; Aled Davies winning the men’s T42 Discuss. Rarely have a bunch of school kids made so much noise! We were also lucky enough to witness Paul Blake and David Devine qualify for track events they were later to medal in.
The evening session had us watching an entertaining game of women’s sitting volleyball in the EXCEL centre. Much respect and cheering was given to GB vice captain Martine Wright who lost both legs in the July 7th tube bombings.
  To end an exhausting day we watched the medal matches of Class 5 women’s table tennis.      
Monday saw an early start in the Aquatics Centre. We had been sat down less than 5 minutes before an eruption of noise heralded the entrance one of the Games’ most famous athletes; namely Ellie Simmons. If the introduction was deafening, then the roof nearly came off as she went on to win her heat in the SM6 200m medley. This was the qualification to the finals in which Ellie later achieved her second Gold of the games.
In a fantastic finish to the trip we were treated to an amazing match of women’s wheelchair basketball which saw the China take on the USA.  At half time the Americans looked beaten with a 20 point deficit. However with just 5 seconds to go the score was levelled! A nail biting period of overtime saw the USA win by just 3 points. Our group set a new record in cheering volume!
Paralympics 2012   Paralympics 2012
Paralympics 2012   Paralympics 2012
  Roll on Rio 2016………      
Watersports Trip - 2012
  Watersports Trip - 2012      
Another year, another trip down the Ardeche river in France and yet more sailing on the Med. It’s a hard life being a teacher!
In late August 31 students from the John Spendluffe Technology College took part in the annual watersports trip with PGL.
Escaping the poor UK weather we were gifted a heatwave and temperatures soared. The only way to escape was to jump into the river, and later the sea. This may have accounted for the number of canoe capsizes and falls off wind surf boards.
In our 8 day trip students took part in a whole range of activities such as sailing, kayaking, banana boating swimming, canoeing, windsurfing and snorkelling on the French Riviera.
Evenings were spent playing games, a talent show and throwing some impressive shapes on the dance floor. Even some of the teachers got down and showed their impressive grooves.
This trip has become a regular fixture on the JSTC calendar and from the smiles and comments from the students, you can understand why.   
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012  

Watersports Trip - 2012

Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
Watersports Trip - 2012   Watersports Trip - 2012
John Spendluffe Technology College Awards Presentation Evening - 2012
  Presentation Evening 2012      
JSTC held its annual presentation evening at Alford Manor House on Thursday 28 June.  Torrential rain earlier in the day put the event in doubt but the clouds cleared and the sun came out to shine favourably on our award winners!  The evening celebrated the success of students across Key Stages 3 and 4 in all curriculum areas in addition to House prize winners.  The Headteacher Mr Beverley described the wide range of achievements that the students of JSTC have accrued over the previous year, including the best ever GCSE results from the last academic year, and indicated that he was looking forward to further success this coming year.   Mary Overton, Emily Abbott, Abigail Saddington, Melissa Ball and James Emery entertained the audience with pieces from their Performing Arts course. 
It has become something of a tradition at the school for former students to present awards, to inspire current students to success.  The prizes on this occasion were presented by Miss Emma Fulwood, who has had an interesting few years, marked recently by an opportunity for Miss Fulwood to run with the Olympic Torch!  Her words of inspiration described how students from John Spendluffe can go on to successfully pursue their ambitions in life.  The evening continued with a chance for all to enjoy refreshments in a unique setting with musical accompaniment from Alford Silver Band.  Congratulations to all prize winners!
World Sports Day - 2012
  World Sports Day - Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel      

In the summer term John Spendluffe Technology College, hosted World Sport Day during National School Sports Week. During this day all students participated in an Olympic themed lesson, looking at the Olympic and Paralympic values and the variety of Olympic sports. Within PE lessons pupils participated in a variety of sports such as Archery, Kickboxing and Goal ball, all from local clubs. We were also visited from an Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel, who gave some motivational talks on how he achieved his two Olympic medals. Students had the chance to have photographs taken with the Olympian and to hold the Olympic medals. He was an inspiration to all staff and students and was a pleasure to meet such an inspirational student.

During the day, students in key stage three in all lessons had a focus of world sport. Students looked at the background of the Olympics, history of the ancient and modern Olympics, and history of medals, designed Olympic symbols and worked out if they could run faster than Usain Bolt?
Year 8 Camping Trip - 2012
  Y7 Camping Trip - 2012      

“Can we go again next week?” This seemed to sum up the feelings of 116 staff and students on the annual John Spendluffe Technology College Year 8 camp.

Now in it’s fourth year it has become a firm part of the curriculum enriching students’ knowledge and understanding of the outdoors.
Over three days students camped and took part in a wide variety of activities and games such as sports, team building, swimming, crafts, wide games, problem solving and camp fire cooking. Evenings were spent around the camp fire at our Lincoln base, singing, playing games and getting to know each other. Historical education was enhanced with a tour of Lincoln castle.
The appalling weather did little to deter the fun; in fact it provided some of the funniest moments with a mud based tug of war and a very wet assault course.
As usual, it was a pleasure to be around the students who for some, very much enjoyed their first camping experience.
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Camping Trip - 2012   Camping Trip - 2012
Year 11's Summer Ball
  Year 11's Summer ball - 2012      

The 2012 Leavers Ball for Year 11 students was an absolute triumph, with plenty of laughter (and tears) as both teachers and students reminiscenced about their times together at John Spendluffe. We wish them every success with their future, and look forward to hearing about their further achievements as they begin life’s journey.

Ruth Milliam - Fashion Workshop
  Ruth Milliam - London Fashion Designer      
During June, the Technology Department were lucky enough to enjoy a two-day workshop with the international fashion designer, Ruth Milliam.  Ruth brought numerous pieces of her work, from feather and leather gowns for the catwalk to wedding dresses and military coats!  Ruth’s style of design is very free-flowing, and utilises vintage designs and materials.
Ruth worked closely with both Year 10 and Year 11 Textile students and they were instructed to bring a pair of men’s trousers with the intention that they would be ‘recycled’ and made into a jacket and/or waistcoat. Students were given the added opportunity to scrutinise the many examples Ruth had provided, and students were encouraged to ‘look and touch’ the garments so as to explore Ruth’s construction methods and techniques.
Unusually, Ruth works directly on a manikin and, rather than cutting out pattern pieces, gradually builds up the shape she wants as she creates her garment.  The use of manikins in this way was a new concept for many students, and although a little apprehensive to start with they quickly got over their fears of cutting fabric and the direct construction technique of creating their garments. Students also explored using fabric paint sprays and bleach to create surface decoration for their original designs.
Another fascinating demonstration Ruth gave was how to turn a boring, old T-Shirts into a fashionable camisole. Many students (and some staff) watched in amazement as Ruth ‘weaved’ her magic as she created something you’d pay good money for from something you’d actually throw away.
The two days were a fantastic opportunity to work with a London Fashion Designer who was enormously generous in her demonstrations, cooperation and insight into the fashion industry.  Students took the opportunity to explore her portfolios, and question her about the many Collections she has presented since leaving university.  It was fascinating to hear about her time in Japan, where she was employed by one of the main couture houses, and about the many barriers she’d had to overcome.
This experience has given the students an inspirational start to their new academic year and has clearly influenced the style of work they intend to produce!
Ruth Milliam   Ruth Milliam
Ruth Milliam   Ruth Milliam
Ruth Milliam   Ruth Milliam
Student Council Jubilee Fayre 2012
  JSTC Student Council hosted their Summer Fayre recently with a Jubilee twist.      
Every tutor group ran a stall, including cakes, a chocolate fountain, treasure maps, bric a brac and hook a duck, to mention but a few of the amazing activities that were going on at lunchtime. Students raised over £350 for their Student Council and the support and team-based atmosphere from students across all year groups resulted in the best Fayre so far. It was, indeed, a day to remember.
Jubilee Fayre - 2012   Jubilee Fayre - 2012
Jubilee Fayre - 2012   Jubilee Fayre - 2012
Jubilee Fayre - 2012   Jubilee Fayre - 2012
Fashion Show - Lincoln University
  Lincoln Fashion Show - Year 9 Trip      
On the 25th May a group of Year 9 girls had the opportunity to visit the University of Lincoln and attend the fifth annual Fashion Show featuring the final collections of graduating fashion students, with the aim of promoting their work to the media, industry and outside world.

The trip, organised by Miss Taylor, was a resounding success, and the girls were unanimous in their praise for the budding designers, and how inspirational the show had been as they themselves embark on their 2-year GCSE Textiles Technology Course.

Also in attendance on the day were Mrs Davis and Mrs McLennan.
Fashion Show - Lincoln   Fashion Show - Lincoln
Fashion Show - Lincoln   Fashion Show - Lincoln
Fashion Show - Lincoln   Fashion Show - Lincoln
Fashion Show - Lincoln   Fashion Show - Lincoln
On Thursday 24 May Look North’s cameraman and reporter Simon Sparks came to John Spendluffe to film music teacher Miss Samantha Raynor giving primary school student Emma Morris a singing lesson.
Emma was one of only 40 young people who was recently picked from over 400 auditionees to sing in the ‘Diamond Choir’ at St Pauls’ Cathedral for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Emma is the daughter of John Spendluffe’s Learning Support Assistant Sandy Morris and was introduced to Miss Raynor when Emma had found out about the audition. Miss Raynor helped Emma to prepare for the audition and is currently working with the talented young singer to learn the specially written repertoire for the Jubilee concert on Tuesday 5 June.
  Refurbishment Planned - September 2012      
JSTC is delighted to have been awarded £45,000 from the Wolfson Foundation. The grant will contribute to the refurbishment of buildings and ICT equipment. Work will take place over the summer in readiness for September 2012. We were able to submit an application for funds as a result of our full Outstanding Ofsted status. After submitting the bid last year and responding to further questions from the Foundation, there was an anxious wait for news. To the delight of all involved the grant was awarded in full.
Headteacher, Steve Beverley, and the governors were proud that it was the hard work and talent of the students and staff that had contributed to the success of the grant application. They also want to publicly thank the Foundation for their generous support. The college has enjoyed huge success over the past few years and the grant is just one of a number of developments taking place to continue to help offer students an excellent education.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service Visit to John Spendluffe

  Alford Firefighters      
  In front of the Alford Fire Engine, John Spendluffe teacher Paul Nickson (far left) and the (ex-student) crew members      
Alford Firefighters recently made time to meet local nursery school students at Qwakers at John Spendluffe Technology College in Alford.
Currently there are six members of the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service based at Alford; who have connections with John Spendluffe. Pau Nickson who is currently Head of House, Dave Harness, Steve Dearden, Wayne Beevers, Ben Farnsworth and Nick Cooper; who are all ex-students (see photo above).
Children from Qwackers Playgroup had the opportunity to look at the appliance and equipment whilst JSTC students had the opportunity to see the Thermal Imaging Camera during a technology lesson!
Thermal Imaging Camera
Thermal Imaging Camera
JSTC Headteacher Steve Beverley was pleased the crew could visit local children and that the College was able to support Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue in helping to educate students in fire safety and the role of retained firefighters. Steve Beverley, Headteacher said, “Alford is a rural area and it’s gratifying to see that so many ex John Spendluffe students are helping the community in this vital role”.
JSTC Student on way to Montreal for Kick Boxing Championships
  Jack Etches      
Congratulations go to John Spendluffe Technology College student Jack Etches for coming first for continuance in his under 60kg weight category on Sunday 22nd April. The contest took place in Boston and was well attended. Jack is no stranger to success as he has been chosen to take part for England in the 2012 Kick Boxing World Championships in Montreal, Canada this October. It's the 4th such event of its kind and will follow Jack's involvement in the Irish Open which took place in Ireland in March.
Jack has been Kick Boxing for 3 years and has already achieved Black Belt status. He also holds the prestigious honour of training with the England Squad, and has won numerous awards and titles, amongst them the Grand Champions Winner in Manchester in 2011. Jack trains in a variety of locations, from Skegness to Louth, Horncastle, Heckington, Cleethorpes and Corby in Northamptonshire.
We all wish Jack the best of luck, and look forward to being a part of his success in the future.
Jack Etches - Kick Boxing (JSTC)   Jack Etches - Kick Boxing (JSTC)
Jack Etches - Kick Boxing (JSTC)   Jack Etches - Kick Boxing (JSTC)
Geography Teacher in Paris Marathon
  Mr Marriott - Paris Marathon      
Mr Marriott (Maz) will be running the Paris Marathon on Sunday 15th April 2012. This will be his second marathon road race although he has competed in 3 cross country marathons previously. On this occasion the run is simply for fun, although Maz is the first to admit that the dedication (and required level of fitness) needed to compete helped him quit smoking a number of years ago.
Maz's training regime has been 4 to 5 nights running per week, with an impressive total of 45 miles in just one week.
Maz will be wearing the blue running vest of Mablethorpe Running Club, and is aiming for a time around 3 hours 50 minutes. Watch this space...
  UPDATE . . .Maz completed the marathon in 3 hours 55 minutes and 33 seconds . . . Just shy of his personal best . . . Well done, Maz! . . .      
Ex JSTC student Kerry, up for Award

Kerry Yaxley - Young Volunteer of the Year winner

Kerry Yaxley, who left JSTC in 2010, has been shortlisted for the Target Newspapers Young Volunteer of the Year. Kerry’s many achievements included Year Managers Student of the Year Prizes, Academic Prizes, D of E Bronze Silver and working on Gold, Rock Challenge, Senior Prefect, Sports Clubs, House Sports Captain. She was well respected by all staff and gave of her time to Y7 camp (3 years), Duke of Edinburgh (5 years), and Watersports Trips (2 years). She was nominated by Mr Marriott.
  We find out the result at a black tie presentation on Friday 30th March      
  UPDATE . . .Kerry WON!!! Well done, Kerry! . . .      
Romeo and Juliet Theatre Trip
  Romeo and Juliet - Box Clever      
On Monday 26 March students from Y9 and Y10 were given the opportunity to visit Louth Riverhead Theatre to watch an adapted version of Romeo and Juliet by the Box Clever theatre company. It was a fantastic production with a great post production workshop led by the actors, where students were given
the opportunity to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the play.
Sports Relief 2012
  Sports Relief 2012      
As part of the National Sports Relief charity event on Friday 23rd March, JSTC Student Council organised some fun activities for the staff and students. As well as dressing up as a sportsperson, students and staff participated in running a mile at lunchtime and baking and selling tasty cakes. So far the running total is £1,076 with plenty of sponsor money still to come through. A huge thank you for all those who participated or donated to this fantastic cause; a fun day had by all.
JSTC host Tag Rugby Festival
  Tag Rugby Festival 2012      
On Tuesday 20 March, John Spendluffe Technology College hosted a tag rugby primary festival for 6 local primary schools. During the morning the leaders coached the 80 students in some tag rugby based drills, teaching them the rules they would need to understand for the competition later that day.
The schools that attended were Alford Primary, St Helena’s Willoughby, Friskney All Saints, St Andrews Woodhall Spa, St Margarets Withern, and Huttoft Primary school.   For some of the schools this was the first time they had taken part in the sport.  All the schools achieved a high level of skills to take away with them and need to be congratulated on their great enthusiasm for the event.
The overall winners of the competition were Woodhall Spa finishing in first place and Friskney All Saints in second.  Both of these schools will go through to the next round of the competition in Sleaford, to then qualify for the School Games.
The leaders that helped during the day were very enthusiastic, professional and showed outstanding leadership skills towards the younger students, also referreeing and running the competition in the afternoon.
The JSTC leaders were from years 9, 10 and 11; Caitlin Thompson, Hollie Simpson, Reece Walsh, Noah Best, Kirsten Medland, Sam Woodward, Bradley McGilloway, Luke Scott, Abigail Saddington, Scott Simpson, Jamie Thomas, Lewis Reeson, Holly Medland, Perry Burton, Joe Green, John Taylor, Emily Abbott, Archie Paul, Alun Bowen and Ben Hawkins.  These students are now representing the county to referee the next stage of the primary competition in Sleaford which will be a great honour for the JSTC students.
Tag Rugby Festival 2012   Tag Rugby Festival 2012
Tag Rugby Festival 2012   Tag Rugby Festival 2012
Tag Rugby Festival 2012   Tag Rugby Festival 2012
2012 Wheelbarrow Push
  Wheelbarrow Push - 2012      
On Saturday 17 March, 23 members of Student Council and The Duke of Edinburgh Award (Silver) group took part in the Colleges' annual sponsored wheelbarrow push from Mablethorpe to Sutton on Sea.
Despite the awful weather, a wide variety of fancy dress was on show (see images below) and around £600 was raised for LIVES, Duke of Edinburgh and Post Pals. A good time was had by all and we are very grateful to the students for their efforts.
Wheelbarrow Push - 2012   Wheelbarrow Push - 2012
Wheelbarrow Push - 2012   Wheelbarrow Push - 2012
Wheelbarrow Push - 2012   Wheelbarrow Push - 2012
JSTC Students meet Olympic Heroes
  JSTC Students meet Olympic Heroes      
On Monday 6th & 7th February students from John Spendluffe travelled down to London for the London 2012 Legacy Conference at the Emirates Stadium. Students then had the opportunity to meet Jade Johnson, Olympic Long Jumper, Derek Redmond, 400m runner & Roger Black, 400m runner and twice Olympic silver medal winner. They listened intently to the inspirational talk and heard them discuss their training regimes, how they won their Olympic medals and what inspired them to become athletes. They also had the chance to ask questions.
Some students also had the opportunity to be on the Question of Sport panel with Roger and Derek. Once the conference finished students had time to get autographs and photos with the sporting stars.
Rock Challenge - 2012
  Rock Challenge 2012      
On Wednesday 14th of March 80 students from JSTC took part in Rock Challenge 2012 at the Skegness Embassy. Our theme this year was ‘A Pirates Life for Me’ which took the audience on an adventure across the seven seas meeting various characters along the way. We all had a fantastic day; our students were amazing, supporting other schools and each other, a real credit to our College!
We came away with the following awards:
  • Positive inclusion
  • healthy lifestyle
  • Soundtrack
  • Hair design
  • Make-up design
  • Concept originality and
  • Performers choice
    This award is voted by the other schools for who they felt gave the best performance.
Unfortunately, this year we have not qualified for the finals but we should all be extremely proud of our efforts and performance. However we will still be represented at the finals thanks to Mrs Strong’s fantastic make-up designs, Rock Challenge have put forward our College for the national make-up award. I would like to thank Miss Tait, Mrs Strong, Mrs Powrie and Mrs McLennan for all their hard work leading up to and including the performance day and the masses of support that was in the audience from staff, ex students and parents. Without such support and dedication it would be impossible to make the performance happen. Most importantly thank you to all the students for their hard work, commitment and determination, in particular to Abigail Saddington and Melissa Ball who contributed enormously to the choreography of the piece!
Rock Challenge 2012   Rock Challenge 2012
Rock Challenge 2012   Rock Challenge 2012
Rock Challenge 2012   Rock Challenge 2012
A Right Royal Knees-Up
  A Right Royal Knees-Up      
Year 10 Performing Arts students have been asked to perform at the Skegness Embassy on Friday 18th May as part of the Linkage charity show. The show, entitled ‘A Right Royal Knees-up’, consists of a variety of acts such as singing, dancing and acting, and come from all over Lincolnshire.
It promises to be a ‘foot tapping, hand clapping and thigh slapping kind of affair’. The show starts at 7.30pm, and if you would like to support the students and Linkage, tickets are £7 and available from the Skegness Embassy box office. Tel: 0845 6740505
John Spendluffe Teacher to carry the Olympic Torch
  Olympic Route - 2012      
Miss L Taylor, Science Teacher, will be holding the torch on 26th June 2012 somewhere in Scunthorpe. At present, the actual location is unknown, and will only be given to Miss Taylor 4 weeks before the event.
Miss Taylor was nominated for the torch last June by her brother-in-law. He told the committe about her time in Africa working on a game reserve and saving endangered species such as the black rhino. She was also involved in an education program for underprivileged children, which would later prove the inspiration for her becoming a teacher.
  Teachers and students alike are unanimous in their support for Miss Taylor, and many will be there on the day to offer her encouragement.      
JSTC Squash Twins
  Daniel & Katie Wells - The Squash Twins      
SPORTING siblings Daniel and Katie Wells showed off their potential with strong displays at the 2012 English Squash Championships.
The John Spendluffe Technology College pupils travelled to Surrey to take on the best age group players in the country in the competition’s Under 13 category.
Katie, who has only been playing squash for the last three years, won through to the plate semi-final where she lost in a close game, meaning she finished the tournament in 19th position.
  Daniel also faced strong competition in his side of the draw, facing the number one seed in his first match. Some good performances saw him finish the tournament in a very creditable 22nd position.      
Commenting on this most recent tournament, Daniel said ‘it was a great experience to be able to play at the English Championships and I hope to be able to do even better next year.’
Katie also has her sights set on improving and is working hard, aiming to eventually break in to the top three in England in her age group.
Following the tournament, Katie is now ranked number two in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands, and has a national ranking of 22. Daniel is Lincolnshire number one, East Midlands number two and has a national ranking of 37.
Both students receive coaching at Alford, Horncastle and Grantham Squash Clubs and will be representing East Midlands in the upcoming National Team Championships.
JSTC Tennis Star
  Jessica Jackson - Tennis Ace!      
A Mumby tennis ace is celebrating making her Lincolnshire 18 and Under debut at the age of just 13.
Jessica Jackson, a pupil at John Spendluffe Technology College, was one of only eight girls selected for the squad for the recent Aegon 18U County Cup in Norwich.
The budding star, who has previously represented her county at 10U, 12U and 14U levels, turned in a strong showing to help Lincolnshire secure a second place finish in group 5A of the competition.
Jessica was playing against girls up to five years older than her but this did not phase the tennis whizz - ‘I was quite nervous to be playing 18U but the other girls were really supportive and I enjoyed all three matches.’
Jessica took up tennis at primary school at the age of seven and was a member of Skegness Tennis Club before moving to Tennis Buddies in Woodhall Spa.
She currently trains three times a week with coach Dave Williams, as well as competing in local league matches and regional level tournaments.
In September Jessica moved up to the 14U age group and is currently ranked number two in Lincolnshire, with a national ranking of 120. She was previously ranked number one ranking in Lincolnshire and 26th nationally while competing at 12U level.
Jessica aims to keep progressing and hopes in the future to become a performance coach, working with other young tennis stars.
2012 Valentines Disco
  JSTC Valentines Disco - 2012      
This years VALENTINES DISCO was held on Tuesday 7th February, with around 120 students attended with several ex-pupils coming back to support. Approximately £150 was raised and all proceeds went to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Silver D of E. Thanks to all staff and Y11s who helped. An excellent time had by all
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Valentines Disco 2012   Valentines Disco 2012
Valentines Disco 2012   Valentines Disco 2012
Valentines Disco 2012   Valentines Disco 2012
Valentines Disco 2012   Valentines Disco 2012
Valentines Disco 2012   Valentines Disco 2012
Cooking success for JSTC Student
  Futurechef Winner      
A John Spendluffe Technology College student has shown off her culinary skills after she represented her school at a national cooking contest. Lucy Rice-Mundy travelled to Stamford for the local finals of Futurechef. It was the second-year running that the college was represented in the competition.
At the final, Lucy competed against three other schools. She came second with her menu of chicken and pesto parcels and chocolate and ginger crumble. “Her chicken parcels were said to have inspired Daniel Bustea one of the judges who is the head chef of Marriot Hotels,” said a college spokesperson. “It was a wonderful opportunity for Lucy to experience a professional kitchen and to receive feedback from professional chefs.”
Year 10 and 11 Textile Student visit The Clothes Show Live at the NEC, Birmingham
  Clothes Show Live - 2011      


Monday 5th December meant that 37 students arrived at college before 7am to set off for the NEC and The Clothes Show Live.  They watched a very professional and lively fashion show in the 6,500 seat theatre introduced by TOWIE star Arg and two Hollyoak actors.  Later in the day 14 students attended a seminar about ‘How to prepare for a career in Fashion’ which included lots of tips and useful information and was hosted by Caryn Franklyn.  Dance shows, college/university exhibits, vintage fashion, many hair, make-up, accessory and fashion stalls gave the students lots of opportunities to see new ideas and inspire them for their textile work.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Helena’s School, Willoughby have recently spent three 1½ hour sessions in college learning how to use the sewing machines, irons and textile equipment to design and make their own Christmas cards using machine patchwork.  They surprised themselves that they were able to use the machines and all 29 pupils produced very colourful cards which they were very proud of.  They found the most difficult task to be cutting their fabric to shape after all the machine work.
JSTC Brownies and Beavers Projects
  Brownies and Beavers      
Recently Brownies and Beavers have benefitted from holding their weekly meetings at John Spendluffe Technology College. All the Alford Brownies successfully completed their Craft badge. They had to print their own piece of fabric and then turned the fabric into a bag using sewing machines. They also completed a piece of hand embroidery and created an item using origami. Excellent and creative items were produced by all.
Beefburgers and shortbreads were the orders of the day with Alford Beavers. They took advantage of the cooking facilities in JSTCs Food Technology room, to produce their own beef burgers and shortbreads during two visits.
Both Brownies and Breavers were taught by JSTC staff who were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the younger children.
JSTC Students in the USA
  JSCT students in New York      
A recent trip to the USA for JSTC students saw them visiting New York. Thanks to Mr McCranor (Head of ICT) students had a FANTASTIC time and visited many of the attractions the city has to offer, amongst them Times Square, 47th Street, the Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, and of course the Empire State Building.
Mr McCranor created a blog so that parents and students could keep in touch and get an up-to-date account of the trip. The blog is available here.
  Another trip is planned soon so book early...      
Year 8 Field Trip - Mablethorpe and Chapel-St-Leonards
  Year 8 Field Trip 2011      
Year 8 students recently had their Geography field trip looking at the sea defenses at both Mablethorpe and Chapel-St-Leonards. A rewarding (and fun) time was had by all.
African Dance Workshop
  African Dance Workshop 2011      
On Thursday 24th of November Y10 and Y11 Performing Arts students took part in a full day African dance workshop led by, Kwashie. The day was packed full of fun and facts about Africa ranging from story telling, different styles of African dance and traditional local songs. Kwashie led us on a journey that could be narrated through dance and song.
All students were given the opportunity to play instruments from Africa, wear traditional dress and express themselves through dance. It was a truly great day enjoyed by staff and students alike.
Primary Dance Festival
  Dance Festival 2011      
John Spendluffe Technology College have hosted and delivered three successful Dance Festivals this term, organised by PE Teacher Miss Parsons, for Year 3 & 4 students from 12 local primary schools.

The theme for the Festivals has been ‘Street Dance’ and students have been taught routines by the dance teacher Miss Tait. Once the students have learnt the basic routines they then added their own moves onto the end of the dance. The primary students were assisted throughout the days by the JSTC student leaders who helped them practice and then perform their routines. At the end of the day all the students put on performances for each other which they all really enjoyed.

The JSTC students that helped on the days were Savannah Le Mann, Holly Wathall, Elle-Anja Power, Jessica Rutter, Declan Elliott, Sharon Turner, Charlotte Sanderson, Abigail Saddington, Holly Medland, Eternity Anderson, Danielle Frame, Shanice Titre, Bethany Needham, Melissa Ball, Gina Thompson, Jessica To, Alisha Smith, Carrie Fisher, Rhian Carter and Hannah Burrow.
Dance Festival 2011   Dance Festival 2011
Future Chef
  Future Chef - JSTC      
FutureChef is a culinary programme helping young people aged 12-16 to learn to cook.  It provides a unique insight into the world of professional cooking by capturing imagination, recognising talent and providing a potential platform to launch a fabulous career.
FutureChef was developed as a result of research findings into young people’s perceptions of the industry.  The research revealed that young people regard chefs such as Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes and James Martin almost as highly as pop or television stars.  Surprisingly, however, few genuinely considered a career as a chef!
FutureChef addresses these perceptions directly by introducing young people to cooking, helping to develop their skills, developing direct work experience in the industry and providing expert advice on the career options and entry routes available. It provides teachers and young people alike with a wonderful insight into what it’s like to be a chef and the related career opportunities.
  FutureChef website >      
Y7 Camping Trip - Sudbrooke - 2011
  Another fantastic camping trip for Year 8 students has just completed. Thanks to all involved; with special recognition of Mr Marriott's unshakable enthusiasm and energy.      
  A selection of images from the trip:      
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Y8 Camping Trip 2011   Y8 Camping Trip 2011
Newspaper Day 2011
  Newspaper Day Students (reporters)      
For the 2nd year running JSTC hosted a group of journalists from Lincoln University School of Journalism to produce our school newspaper ‘The Spendluffe Standard’. Last year the paper won a range of awards including the most prestigious ‘Best Newspaper 2010’. With a brand new team and some returning friends we hope to do the same this year!
With the help of journalists and tutors JSTC students interviewed, wrote stories and edited their articles, before designing news pages. They also took photos and held an editorial conference to decide on the top story of the day.
Head teacher Steve Beverley kindly took part in a press conference so the students could ask questions about issues affecting the school. Those who took part were:
Purple Polio Day
  Purple Polio Day      
On Friday the 6th May, John Spendluffe Technology College went ahead with their challenge from the Rotary Club to raise money and awareness for Polio vaccines.
Two Year 8 Opening Minds classes decided to run a charity event to save children in places like Afghanistan; Pakistan; Nigeria and India to provide Polio vaccines which will save children from being affected by Polio.
The year 8 classes first planted crocus bulbs which then extended to a day of fundraising activities. They worked in small groups to plan and run activities around the school such as cake selling, raffle, nail painting, lucky dip, wacky hair, wearing something purple, selling purple ribbons and much more.
  The colour purple is linked to Polio because when the children get vaccinated the doctors and nurses dye their little finger purple so that they know they have received the jab.      
  £312.82 was raised during the event, this amount is to be match funded by Bill Gates giving a grand total of £625.64. This amount will purchase in excess of 3000 vaccines.      
The classes of year 8 Opening Minds students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the fundraising event although it was more challenging than they first thought but proved very worthwhile in the end.
John Spendluffe Technology College May Fayre 2011
The rain held off and there were prizes a plenty at this years John Spendluffe May Fayre. The Student Council and their tutor groups did an amazing job of producing a variety of entertaining stalls for their classmates to enjoy, ranging from delicious cake stalls and chocolate fountains, to guessing games, problem solving, an assault course and of course ‘Splat the Rat’!
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JSCT Summer Fayre   JSCT Summer Fayre
JSCT Summer Fayre   JSCT Summer Fayre
Their lunchtime bonanza earned them and their form tutors a huge congratulations and raised lots of pennies too! After school, the Friends of John Spendluffe joined us by holding a barbecue and the all important raffle, which students had been selling tickets for over the past month. Parents and the community were encouraged to join us in the sunshine and we continued the fun until 5pm. An eventful day which was well supported by those in school, well done JSTC!
Duke of Edinburgh
Over the past couple of months JSTC students have taken part in their Duke of Edinburgh, Silver Award in the rolling countryside of Derbyshire. In total, 18 Y11 students took part.
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  Duke of Edinburgh - 2011 Barrow Push      
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  Year 7 camping trip - July 2011      
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Year 7 Camping Trip 2010   Year 7 Camping Trip 2010
Year 7 Camping Trip 2010   Year 7 Camping Trip 2010
Year 7 Camping Trip 2010   Year 7 Camping Trip 2010
Year 7 Camping Trip 2010   Year 7 Camping Trip 2010
Rock Challenge - Skegness 2011
This year’s theme was ‘Blood, Sweat and Diamonds’. Our piece was based on the sweatshop industry and the impact it can have on a child’s life and education. The John Spendluffe team comprised of 96 students ranging from year 7 through to year 12.  Our students arrived ready for action! The day was a great success resulting in the following awards:
  • Achievement in drug awareness,
  • Student leadership,
  • Set design,
  • Hair design,  
  • Concept interpretation,
  • Performer’s choice,
  • Spirit of Rock Challenge,
  • Choreography,
  • Make-up design and overall second place
Rock Challenge 2011   Rock Challenge 2011
Rock Challenge 2011   Rock Challenge 2011
Rock Challenge 2011   Rock Challenge 2011
Rock Challenge 2011   Rock Challenge 2011
  A wonderful day was had by all.      
  JSTC next appearance will be the Grand Northern Finals on Thursday 2 June 2011 at the Grimsby Auditorium.      
Jackson’s Building Centre sponsored JSTC set materials.
Samba Band World Record attempt - Saturday 26th March 2011
Seventeen Year 7 students travelled down to Barnsley, South Yorks with Miss Raynor and Mr O’Farrell, to take part in an exciting opportunity to help attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Worlds Largest Samba Band. Led by Tim Brain founder of the music company ‘Louder Than Life’, John Spendluffe Technology College students were joined by 632 others from various schools and samba ensembles.
Samba Band World Record - 2011   Samba Band World Record - 2011
Samba Band World Record - 2011   Samba Band World Record - 2011
Samba Band World Record - 2011   Samba Band World Record - 2011
  Together they rehearsed the chosen composition in the cold stands of Barnsley Town’s Football Stadium ‘Oakwell’, ready to finally perform for the record attempt. After playing solidly for 5 mins and 34 secs the record was finally broken and the stand erupted in to laughs and cheers. As well as being photographed by the news journalists, the musicians were also played out live on Barnsley’s local radio station.      
Comic Relief - March 18th 2011
Comic Relief was a great treat for all those at JSTC (John Spendluffe Technology College). Prefects organised a fundraising extravaganza including cakes, games and a penalty shoot-out for break time. Also the JSTC Student Council organised ideas for the whole school to take part in including wear something red, a wacky hair day, litter pick and sponsored silence.
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Comic Relief 2011   Comic Relief 2011
Comic Relief 2011   Comic Relief 2011
Comic Relief 2011   Comic Relief 2011
The day put a smile on everyone’s faces. A big congratulations to all for raising £951 for Comic Relief and thanks to the PTFA for providing lots of wonderful cakes!
Pancake Making - 8th March 2011
Students' got into a bit of a 'mix' this week when the offer went out to make and sell pancakes. In all, £25 was made in just 45 minutes thanks to both students and staff.
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